Robert L. Rassier, 61, of Mandan, ND died the morning of Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, ND, due to complications of the heart disease he had struggled against for years.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, April 4, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Mandan, ND, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be held at a later date.
Visitation will be held Sunday, April 3, 2016, from 3:00-5:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, ND, with a Rosary/Parish Vigil at 5:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.
Robert was born August 14, 1954 to Phillip and Alice (Thome) Rassier in the Grenora, ND area. He was raised on the family farm near Grenora and was educated at Grenora, graduating from Grenora High School in 1972. He later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. Robert planned to use his degrees in fulfilling his dream of becoming a lawyer.
Robert married Judy Neuhardt on June 17, 1980. To this union, a daughter, Samantha, was born. Robert, always one to put the needs of loved ones before his own desires, abandoned his plan to study law, and instead pursued a degree in Respiratory Therapy, in order to provide for his family. Robert worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Med-Center One in Bismarck, ND for 22 years.
Robert returned to Williams County in 2006, relocating to the Blacktail Dam area, north of Williston, ND, in order to be near his aging mother. He worked at Mercy Medical Center in Williston, ND, from 2006 up until the time of his death. Robert’s wife, Judy, passed away in 2007.
Robert was a quiet man and was always very humble. He considered having raised his daughter, Samantha, after the death of her mother to have been his life’s greatest accomplishment. He was a dedicated father, making Samantha’s well-being his priority in every situation. In all ways he was supportive and encouraging to her as he helped her grow into an individual of integrity, much like himself: kind, gentle, and tender.
Within days of starting his employment at Mercy Medical Center, Robert met his co-worker, Jeanne Sagaser who, like Robert, was new to Mercy. Robert and Jeanne knew each other as friendly co-workers/casual acquaintances for six years. In April, 2012, Robert and Jeanne began dating each other. Having each finally found that someone special that had been missing for so long, they wasted no time in pursuing a whirlwind romance and they were joyfully married September 29, 2012 in Epping, ND. Robert and Jeanne relocated from Williston, ND to Mandan, ND in August, 2015. Robert continued his employment at Mercy Medical Center, commuting from Mandan to work his shifts in Williston.
Robert was a dedicated and compassionate Registered Respiratory Therapist who earned the respect of his co-workers. His calm, collected manner, along with his developed skills and knowledge of the respiratory system, improved, and frequently preserved, the lives of his patients. He rescued those in need, infant or elderly. He never praised himself for his life-saving work, nor could he comfortably accept praise from others for his efforts.
Robert had a life-long interest in collecting knives. He loved anything to do with hockey, especially his beloved UND Hockey. He enjoyed warm afternoons and peaceful evening looking out at Blacktail Lake and at the prairie sunsets from his home in Mandan. He was a peaceful man who was devoted to his family. He treasured spending time with his cherished daughter, Samantha, and his grandchildren. He was a confidant, a mentor, a supportive and readily-available friend to Jeanne’s children as well.
Robert is sadly missed by his wife, Jeanne, Mandan; daughter, Samantha (Daniel) Fuller, West Fargo, ND; stepchildren, Sarena Jenkins, Mandan, ND, Lora Sagaser, West Fargo, ND, Lianna Slabodnik, Grand Forks, ND, Rebecca Slabodnik, Mandan, ND and David (Elizabeth) Sagaser, Box Elder, SD; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Sean and Emelia Fuller, Brock Jenkins, Paisley Sagaser and Truett Sagaser; sisters, Phyllis, Eldora, Mary, Kay and Arlene; brothers, Jerry, David, Andrew, and Wallace; sister-in-law, Monica (Mike) Siggerud; brothers-in-law, Mark (Lana), Tom (Shelia), Stevan (Patricia), Paul (Holly) and Sam (Jodie) Sagaser; many nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Judy.